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Old 04-25-2020, 05:03 AM   #1
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Default The Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Is this worth the entry fee? The winner wins $25,000, so, obviously, it would be financially worth it if you were to win, but is the exposure they get you significant/worth it?


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Old 05-02-2020, 12:17 AM   #2
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Anyone entered before? Know anything about outcomes? The early deadline just passed, another one in two weeks.
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: The Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

As with all screenwriting competitions, “You pays your money and you takes your chances.” If your Shakespearean-style drama falls into the hands of a World of Warcraft-type script reader, then kiss your entry fee goodbye. However, if your Corinthian bagatelle luck is good and the gods of Pachinko will your balls to fall into the right catchers, you may win a payoff.
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:23 AM   #4
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Just looking for experiences and some consensus about some of these lesser known ones. For instance, there seems to be people backing up PAGE as a well-run competition that can lead to good outcomes. And Austin the same.

The rest of these are

Big promises, but who knows how they're run. And honestly, I'd rather end up with serious contacts to getting produced than 25k, but that's me.
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Old 05-02-2020, 10:08 AM   #5
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Default Re: The Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Yes, it must be Springtime and the contest holders figure all the unproduced and unoptioned writers out there are a little lightheaded.

All we hear from them is how much money they're offering (for one lucky winner among many thousands of submissions), and maybe the names of the big-wigs who're reading the "finalists".

But what about the slugs who're reading the initial thousands?

Why I don't play the contest thing any more

Every contest needs to post a statement up-front that their readers can NOT and are NOT entering into the very same contest. I mean, your average cereal box game states as much: "Employees, contractors and families thereof are ineligible to join the contest."
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Old 05-02-2020, 04:15 PM   #6
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This is one of very few competitions I'd recommend, only because I won one of their contests a few years ago and the guys at Script Pipeline continued to send my material to reps and producers for YEARS.

I wouldn't say that reaching the QFs would move the needle in the way that the Nicholl Fellowships can, but if they like your material, they'll promote it even if you aren't a big winner.

I also believe they make a good faith effort to find competent readers, as opposed to a comp like Bluecat which posts on Craigslist to find readers who will work for 10 bucks a script, or Scriptapalooza which supposedly dumps scripts on prodcos with no guarantee that any script is ever read (Chris Lockhart described this practice here years ago, no idea if that is still their M.O.).
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Old 05-31-2020, 09:39 PM   #7
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I entered this contest. Looking at the announcement dates on this one vs. all other ones, wondering how is their breakneck speed possible? The deadline is just ending, but they already plan quarterfinal announcements in two weeks. Semifinal announcements a week later.

How can they possibly go through all the material that quickly?
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Old 06-08-2020, 08:49 PM   #8
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got this email from script pipeline. hope they don't mind if i post it.


2020 Screenwriting and TV Writing Entrants,

We wanted to notify you of slightly adjusted announcement dates for the
Screenwriting
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TV Writing
Competitions:

Quarterfinalists - June 20th
Semifinalists - July 1st
Finalists - July 10th

Winners of both competitions will still be announced on Sunday, July 27th.

We typically hold a live event in Los Angeles where we announce the winners. However, given the current pandemic interrupting travel, we instead plan on hosting another (bigger) event for 2020 Script Pipeline finalists, winners, and other select writers in the Fall. At least. . . that's the goal for now.

Thanks for your understanding.

Regards,

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Old 06-20-2020, 12:25 PM   #9
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I entered this contest. Looking at the announcement dates on this one vs. all other ones, wondering how is their breakneck speed possible? The deadline is just ending, but they already plan quarterfinal announcements in two weeks. Semifinal announcements a week later.

How can they possibly go through all the material that quickly?

Do you think they read through the entire script? Or maybe first 10, then skim. I'm not as familiar with this contest.
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Old 06-21-2020, 01:51 AM   #10
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To be honest - no. They said it was a record-breaking year with over 10000 scripts. It's impossible to read and review that many in 15-20 days without a massive staff. It doesn't help that they don't post their review process publicly.

They announced their quarterfinalists (top 1%). I didn't make the cut, but I wasn't disappointed at all. I looked up loglines on several of them that advanced. Many of them were winners (even winning scripts) from previous years, so I have a hard time believing this is done anonymously ... and the loglines really did not interest me.

So, I wouldn't enter this one again. More curious to see how I place in the competitions that take their time like Nicholl, Austin, Page, etc.

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